I would like to attend a liberal arts college and major in genetics, mathematical biology, or molecular biology for my undergraduate education to be able to then get into a great PhD program dealing with genetics. What are my chances at getting full tuition/full ride scholarships at mid-high tier LACs? (ACT average range from 28-32; acceptance rate 10-50%). I would like to save as much money as I can in my undergraduate education so I am not in debt when I start graduate school.
Some examples I’ve looked at are Sewanee, Wofford, Wake Forest, and Gustavus Adolphus, but any LAC that has good undergrad research (for graduate school chances) and that offers great scholarships would interest me. I’d love any recommendations!
White male in Minnesota, middle/high family income.
GPA: 4.0 UW/4.15 W
Two Time Honors Student
ACT: Taking in 2 days (predicted 35)
SAT Subject Tests: Taking Math II (predicted 780+) Bio (predicted 700) and World History (predicted 780) in August
AP Classes Taken: Euro (5), Lang & Comp (4) as a sophomore.
Dual Enrollment Classes: I am going full time PSEO (Post Secondary Enrollment Options) at my local state college my junior and senior year to obtain an associate’s degree by the time I graduate high school to (hopefully) transfer credits to whatever college I go to. The only class I’m sticking with at my high school is band. Yes, this does mean that I will probably have no other AP classes.
My classes for Fall 2019 include US History II, Introductory Bio 1, Intro to Honors, Understanding Politics, and Intro to American Politics.
College Honors Student
Attended Rotary Youth Leadership Camp
Accepted into Minnesota All-State Band
Symphonic band trombone section leader
Member of the high school jazz band (Only freshman in the jazz band who got to tour in New York City)
Four year member of the marching band
Member of the school Brass Quintet
Member of the Pit Orchestra
Member of Show Choir Band
Member of the local Community Band
Local summer music camp trombone section leader
15.5 million words read my sophomore year (got a library award)
Perfect attendance in school since 6th grade
High School Math League
Trying to found an Academic Decathlon team for next year (likely to go through)
Petitioning School Board for a legislation change (Does this show initiative; should I put it down?)
Camp Leader & mentor at local summer camp
Boy Scout for 1 year
Two time Math Counts state competitior (middle school)
Nation Junior Honor Society member (middle school)
Played football from 3rd-9th grade (quit to to head injury concerns)
Thanks in advance!